Chair, Toulouse Chapter, Democrats Abroad France

I'm a founding member of the Toulouse Chapter, set up during the GWBush administration, as the war on Iraq was mobilizing Americans across the globe. For many years I was Chair--and have come back to this role as the Trump Administration is a clear and present danger to our nation. All hands on deck!

I was the prime mover behind the worldwide "Bridges for Obama" campaign when he first ran for the nomination in 2008. More recently I edited the 50th anniversary book for Democrats Abroad and am admin on both the DA Toulouse and DA France Facebook pages.

I'm a lifelong Democrat. I worked with former Governor Pat Quinn in Illinois on progressive democratic reforms back in the seventies. I served as deputy press secretary to Daniel Patrick Moynihan when he ran and won his Senate Seat. Before moving to Europe in 1987, I lived in Manhattan and worked in TV news, mainly as a writer and producer for ABC News, writing for Peter Jennings, Sam Donaldson and Hughes Rudd.

My British husband and I moved permanently to our home in the Tarn in 1999. 

  • is hosting Celebrate Earth Day with Democrats Abroad 2018-02-24 16:10:06 -0500

    Celebrate Earth Day with Democrats Abroad

    Come to the beautiful Tarn while the Judas trees are in flower and the iris are opening.

    Potluck lunch (in the garden, weather-permitting)

    Afterwards, our special guest, Dennis Shibut, will give a presentation on

    Solar Energy and the Essential Actions for Eco Living in France

    Is there enough green energy in France to power all our needs now and into the future?

    How much geographic area must be devoted to solar panels in order to power our community?

    Must we cover the land with 'solar farms' to meet our energy needs?

    Guest speaker: Dennis Shibut, former Chair of the DAF Avignon Chapter and former researcher for NASA.

    Dennis holds an MS in physics and is a former researcher for NASA's Skylab mission, as well as for the US Coast and Geodetic Survey in the first studies of ocean-atmospheric energy exchange. Since the late 90's he has published numerous articles about essential actions for green living through his website "Kyoto Action Report". He is a member of several prominent environmental advocacy organizations such as the Sierra Club and the Union of Concerned Scientists. In France he acts as an "Ambassadeur" for the green electricity utility Enercoop, recently rated the best electricity provider in France. 

    Lautrec is a medieval hilltop village in the Tarn, about an hour's drive east of Toulouse. 

    It has the designation "un des plus beaux villages de France"--one of the most beautiful villages in France.

    Car-pooling is possible or the train and bus from Toulouse take about an hour.

    April 22, 2018 at 12pm
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  • Tax Seminar with American Tax Expert Pierre Taponier

    FATCA, FBAR, the new Trump tax changes. Nightmare?

    Please join us for a presentation by Paris-based tax specialist Pierre Taponier.

    His firm, located in Place de la Concorde in Paris, serves the American expat community in France. They provide the entire range of tax and legal services.

    Taponier avocat

    Pierre was born in Paris to an American mother and a French father. He is a dual French-American citizen and completely bilingual. He graduated from Sorbonne University with a Masters in law and received an L.L.M. (Masters degree) from Georgetown Law in Washington D.C.

    Pierre is a New York attorney as well as a French avocat, admitted to the bar in New York and Paris.  He is actively involved with the American expat community and is the Treasurer of the American University Clubs of France.

    March 25, 2018 at 2pm
    Maison d'a Coté
    45 Rue Jean de Pins
    St. Cyprien
    Toulouse 31300
    Google map and directions
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    DA Donkey Design

    Thank you for joining the DA Donkey Design Challenge!

    Help decorate the Democrats Abroad donkey by donating on behalf of your country. Top donating countries win a featured spot on the decorated donkey.  

    Best of all, proceeds go to our Get Out the Vote campaign for the 2016 elections with 50% of every dollar donated available for Get Out the Vote activities in YOUR country. So everyone is a winner. 

    Donkey Days closes on January 28th and we'll announce the results January 31. The donkey will make its premiere at the Democratic National Convention in July.


Chair, Toulouse Chapter, France. Votes in Manhattan, born and raised in suburban Chicago, Stanford alumni